3 easy ways to make breadcrumbs from leftover bread

It’s time to ditch that old, stale loaf of bread. You can presuppose it into fresh, flavorful crumbs perfect for topping casseroles, soups, and pasta. The best part? It only takes a few minutes! Here are some useful ways to make breadcrumbs.

Oven-dried breadcrumbs

This is the most straightforward method, making delicious, crunchy crumbs perfect for topping soups and casseroles or making into panko for fried chicken. The trick here is to dry the bread completely before storing it in an airtight container so that mould doesn’t form on your fresh-from-the-oven crumbs.

You can use any bread you like—white or wheat, sliced or unsliced, whatever works with your recipe. Preheat your oven to 200°F (90°C), spread out your slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminium foil (you can also leave them right on the pan), and bake until they’re golden brown and slightly hard—about 10 minutes per side depending on how thickly sliced your bread was original. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container where they will keep indefinitely!

Toaster oven breadcrumbs

To make breadcrumbs in the toaster oven, you’ll need:

  • A bag of stale bread (you can use any kind)
  • Cracker or cookie sheets (you can use your toaster oven’s baking tray if you don’t have one)
  • A food processor or blender

First, preheat your toaster oven. If you have an automatic setting for reheating pastries, set it to low; otherwise, just turn it on high. Then take your dry bread and place it in a mixing bowl. Break up the pieces with a fork until they’re grainy and crumbly; a food processor or blender will make quick work of this step by breaking down even tough crusts into tiny crumbs for you! Once this is done, spread it out evenly over your baking sheet(s). Place them in the centre rack at 350 F (176 C) for 10-15 minutes until golden browned and crispy like actual breadcrumbs should be!

Microwave-dried breadcrumbs

Microwave-dried breadcrumbs are the easiest and fastest way to make breadcrumbs because they require no measuring or mixing. You tear or cut the amount of bread you want into pieces, place them in a microwave-safe bowl and zap them for 1 minute. The bread will turn brownish after being cooked in the microwave, so if you want white crumbs (which will work best with meatball recipes), spread them out on a baking sheet after microwaving and leave them to cool before putting them into storage bags for later use.


Breadcrumbs are a great way to use up stale bread or make new loaves of bread. They can be used in many recipes like meatballs, casseroles and soups. The best part about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make and doesn’t take up much time!

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